Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

MONDAY MILERS WINTER/SPRING HIKING SCHEDULE
Adventures with Richard.  All who wander are not lost.”  JRR Tolkein

December 25th  NO HIKE, CHRISTMAS

January 1st MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL
5 miles, 600’ climb, R6, car fee:  $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Mountains to Sea trail to car(s)

January 8th EXPLORING EAST PANTHERTOWN
6-7 miles, 900’ climb, R7, $4.00 car fee
Green trail , Mac’s Gap to Mac;s Falls and back.  This is a loop.

January 15th GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
4 miles, 850’ climb, R6, car fee: $3.50
From trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back.  Lunch at an opportune place.

January 22nd LOOKING GLASS ROCK
Up and back, 6.5 miles, 1350’ climb, R8, car fee:  $1.00
We will hike up to the “end”, and return to the southern overlook for lunch.  This is a companion hike with the Monday “Rollers”.

January 29th TRAVERSING DUPONT FOREST, FAWN LAKE TO GUION FARM
8-10 miles estimated, 1,000’ climb est., R8, $3.00

Either a key exchange or shuttle depending upon numbers and preferences.

February 5th WINTERGREEN FALLS AS A LOOP
6 miles estimated, 500’ climb est., R6, car fee:  $2.00
From Guion farm parking we hike Buck Forest Road, left on Thomas Cemetery Rd., left on Tarkiln Branch Rd., right on Sandy Trail straight to Wintergreen Falls, returning via Wintergreen Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch Rd.

February 12th TWIN FALLS/CLAWHAMMER LOOP
7 miles, estimated 500’ climb, R7, car fee:  $1.00
From Avery Creek Road hike in on Buckhorn Gap trail to Twin Falls returning via Buckhorn Gap to Clawhammer Cove.

February 19th CLEMSON UNIVERSITY/SOUTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN 3 miles and maybe a 100’ climb, R3, car fee: $6.00 
We will be driving south to Clemson to explore the gardens and view their many beautiful Camilla bushes.  Lunch at a restaurant and a possible visit to the ’55 Exchange ice Cream Parlor on campus.  Late return…

February 26th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”  

March 5th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”  

March 12th DANIEL CREEK, ROAD 225, BACK ON CANEY BOTTOM
8 miles estimated, 1,000’ climb, R7, car fee: $2.00
A shuttle:  From Daniel Ridge trail we go left on forest road 225 to Caney Bottom.

March 19th BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL
9-10 miles, estimated 1,200’ climb, R8, car fee: $2.00
Either a key exchange or shuttle, we hike from Avery Creek Road up Club Gap trail to Club Gap where we hike the Black Mountain Trail to its end.

March 26th BUTTER GAP/CAT GAP LOOP
8.5 miles, estimated 1,200’ climb, R8, car fee $2.00
A loop, from Fish Hatchery up Cat Gap to Butter Gap to Art Loeb to Cat Gap back

April 2nd KING’S CREEK, TO ART LOEB, TO CAT GAP LOOP
7 miles estimated, 1,00’ climb estimated, R7, car fee $2.00
From private property (spring flowers/Shortia viewing) up King’s Creek to Horse Cove Road trail.  We then pick up the Art Loeb/Cat Gap trails hiking to the Fish Hatchery.

April 9th SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the Gauging Tower off Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again on the connector trail returning to our cars.

April 16th BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.5 miles, 500’ climb,  R6, car fee:  $4.00
A shuttle:  Leave car(s) at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on Highway 276.  Plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn.

April 23rd IVESTOR GAP TO ART LOEB TO SHINING ROCK TO 276
10  plus miles, 1,000’ estimated climb, R9, car fee $5.00
A shuttle hike, start at Big Sam parking, hike Ivestor Gap to the Art Loeb Trail, to Shining Rock.  This is an extended hike.

April 30th BEARWALLOW MOUNTAIN/Trambore Trail
5 miles estimated, 800’ climb estimated, R6, car fee:  $4.00
From Bear Wallow Road we hike up Bearwallow mountain on Bearwallow trail and the Trambore Trail.

May 7th FLAT LAUREL CREEK/ BIG SAM LOOP
4.5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, car fee:  $5.00
Big Sam parking, Flat Laurel Creek trail to Big Sam trail up to summit, lunch, return to car(s).

May 14th CAT GAP LOOP/JOHN ROCK
6.6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
From the Fish Hatchery we hike counterclockwise.

May 21st PISGAH RIDGE/SKINNY DIP FALLS via GRAVEYARD FIELDS
4.6 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $4.50
Shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP, hike Pisgah Ridge to Graveyard Fields to the MST to Skinny Dip Falls, lunch, then to the Looking Glass overalook.

May 28th BALCK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
5 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we go up Black Balsam, then Tennant, returning on the Ivestor Gap trail.

June 4th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”  

June 11th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS” 

June 18th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”  

June 25th MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
6 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance to lunch, then back to the MST to parking.

 

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